Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.
Research has yet to support the theory that cash can spread the coronavirus.
New research expands the pool of habitable worlds to include super-Earths with hydrogen-rich atmospheres.
We spend 90% of our lives indoors, and every building has its own indoor microbiome. Can we learn to manage them in ways that support helpful microbes and suppress harmful ones?
Most commercial hand sanitizers are mainly alcohol, but forget about hitting the liquor store and mixing your own.
As the coronavirus spreads, public health officials stress the importance of hand washing. But can it really make that much of a difference? A microbiologist explains why.
For your 2020 New Year's resolutions, think about keeping the microbes that live inside your gut healthy. Look after them and they'll look after you.
New research shows how rock features that look like fossilised microbes can form without life.
You probably know about the collection of microorganisms that live in, on and around us. But did you know that not everyone in society has equal access to them? That needs to change.
Lakes are the final resting place for many of the Earth's plants – and these organic graveyards are about to get a whole lot busier.
A new report estimates that by 2050, 40 per cent of all infections will be resistant to antimicrobial treatment. This will directly cause 13,700 previously preventable deaths.
Sweaty feet and certain cheeses have something in common that makes them reek – can you guess what it is?
What is the smell of sweat? An artist recreates the pungent body odor as an art installation.
A real-life experiment to mimic future conditions for soils affected by climate change suggests that some of the biggest impacts could be to ecosystems buried out of sight beneath our feet.
Fossils contain a thriving world of bacteria, proteins and perhaps even organic matter from dinosaurs.
Evidence suggests that microbes play a vital role in health. But what microbes we get depends whether we were born in a hospital versus at home. That could impact our health decades later.
Just like the gut, the skin and the mouth, the eye also has a collection of microbes that keep it healthy. Understanding the eye microbiome may lead to new probiotic therapies.
You want to encourage the growth of good bacteria in your gut to improve health. But which foods should you eat to do that? It turns out that nutritional labels aren't much help figuring that out.
As antibiotic resistance increases globally, the heat is on to find new alternatives to treat infections. Chemists can get a head start by looking at compounds produced in nature by fishes' microbes.
Using the family relationships between single-celled protists alive today, researchers hypothesized what their evolutionary ancestors looked like – and then looked in the fossil record for matches.